Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog), published in 1889, is a humorous account by Jerome K. Jerome of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford. The book was intended initially to be a serious travel guide, with accounts of local history of places along the route, but the humorous elements eventually took over, to the point where the serious and somewhat sentimental passages now seem like an unnecessary distraction to the essentially comic novel. One of the most praised things about Three Men in a Boat is how undated it appears to modern readers. The jokes seem fresh and witty even today. The three men were based on Jerome himself and two real-life friends, George, and Harris. The dog, Montmorency, however, was entirely fictional, but, as Jerome had remarked, "had much of me in it." (Summary from Wikipedia)
March 8, 2010 Subject:
Not a very funny story and the "humor" gets old fast
I had seen quite a few recommendations to listen to this book on the Librivox forums, but it just didn't cut it for me. I made it through chapter 6, thinking it might get better along the way, but it didn't. The "humor" is an exaggeration of how awful or absurd the rest of the world is compared to the perfectly reasonable (not) narrator. It got old fast.
For those who enjoy this author or book, the readers that I heard did a fine job. It's a collaborative project, with different people reading each chapter, so you get a variety of accents and reading styles. They were clear, moderately paced and with good sound quality on the recordings.